refers to the chronology of the ownership, custody or location of a historical object.The term was originally mostly used in relation to works of art, but is now used in similar senses in a wide range of fields, including archaeology, paleontology, archives, manuscripts, printed books, and science and computing.Let me break these down one at a time
Ownership: Ownership starts with whoever or whatever created it. Keep in mind that sometimes that the creator is not a person but a company, a patented process, a magic or divine effect, etc. Whether it's a painting, an invention, a sports item, a sign, a piece of pottery, etc If it IS a person consider the following:
- Who created it? For a piece of art, what else are they known for, if anything? Is this a "one trick pony" who started and ended their careers doing the same thing but were excellent at it? Or were they geniuses at many fields such as:
- Michelangelo who was a was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer
- Leonardo Da Vinci who was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer.
- Notable owners. Sometimes an antique isn't valuable because of what it is, but because who owned it.
- A crown might be an ordinary circlet of tarnished old metal, but the king might pay (literally) a king's ransom for its return because of its sentimental value (or to have it back in his posession)
- Lee Harvey Oswald's gun that shot President Kennedy.
- The wooden false teeth of President Washington
- Notable Events: How did this item change history?
- A pen is just a pen, but consider how much value a collector of presidential items might pay for one that signed a significant piece of law into effect.
- Baseballs are a dime a dozen, but get one that is signed by Babe Ruth, and you have a small mint on your hands.
- Anything Michael Jordan touched during his prime is worth money.
- Notable Locations: How is this item important that it was where it was:
- A Civil War Rifle known to be at the Battle of Gettysburg
- A machine gun that was fired in WWII that was in Pearl Harbor
- A piece of the moon brought back from Neil Armstron